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Transom Lettering Height?

My boat has the original painted on lettering on the stern from 1969. A recent thread explained using Easy Off to remove the old paint. I'm going to try that this weekend. I'm going to purchase vinyl lettering online as a replacement but don't know what size is typical or standard. Any ideas? Also, is it a boating faux pas to omit the boat's home port? Frankly, Wilmington, CA fails to conjure up visions of exotic locales.

UPDATE: Finally got around to applying my new transom lettering. this is after using oven cleaner to get the old paint off:


And this is after scrubbing with a 220 grit sanding block. I can't believe how much chalking came off and how shiny it looks now!


And here's the new lettering. In hindsight, I should have gone larger, but since this was so easy, and relatively cheap, I'll probably go bigger next year. But, I think it turned out great, and my daughter, the original Avri Ellis, will be thrilled!


I want to thank all of you for your expert advice!
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Re: Transom Lettering Height?

You should go with 1/2" for the home town/port.

Boat name 3" or custom; which you can order on line (or local) and looks nicer.
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Boat name 3" or custom; which you can order on line (or local) and looks nicer.
Should have said, what fits and looks nice.
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You should go with 1/2" for the home town/port.
Seriously....1/2"?
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Re: Transom Lettering Height?

I believe your state of registry has guide lines for the size of the name and home port. Check with your local licensing agency.
If it is a documented vessel the CG has very definite sizes, and location. Choosing a home port under federal guide lines is very fluid, but I don't know about each state.
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Re: Transom Lettering Height?

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My boat has the original painted on lettering on the stern from 1969. A recent thread explained using Easy Off to remove the old paint. I'm going to try that this weekend. I'm going to purchase vinyl lettering online as a replacement but don't know what size is typical or standard. Any ideas? Also, is it a boating faux pas to omit the boat's home port? Frankly, Wilmington, CA fails to conjure up visions of exotic locales.
Pretty boat. You care enough to ask, try to do a mock up on paper. Too many boat names on pretty boats are hideously out of scale.

I draw on CAD. It's pretty easy to get a rough shape of your stern to scale with pencil, too. Then try fonts and sizes. I like one font for the name, one font for the hail. It's often a good visual idea to follow the curve-line of the stern above the name. Hailing port can be straight or even follow the bottom of the stern.

Send what looks good to your vinyl cutter. They should be able to copy your scale and font and won't charge much or anything more for your creativity.

Usually, your haling port is smaller and I like a plain font for that. Some omit their home port. You can choose one nearby, you like better.

I just use my town harbor, ROCKPORT, and skip the Maine- Me. It just looks better to my eye.

I've never been mistaken for ROCKPORT, MA.,... the lesser.
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Re: Transom Lettering Height?

For a small transom, I would make the letters about as big as you can. Follow the guidelines for registered boats, even though you are not required to do so. It just looks right. Take a photo of your transom, put it on a drawing program, and try out some lettering on top of that. If you haven't put large decals on, follow the directions closely. It is pretty easy to get it right, or very wrong.
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Re: Transom Lettering Height?

I'm kind of partial to the Black Chancery font. Boat US quotes me at $65.00 for Navy Blue with Metallic Silver outlines, which I think is the best for my boat. Not outrageous, with a bit of class, completely opposite of the boat's owner:
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Re: Transom Lettering Height?

If your recreational vessel is federally documented the name and hailing port must be marked together on some clearly visible exterior part of the hull. All markings must be at least four inches in height, made in clearly legible letters of the Latin alphabet or Arabic or Roman numerals. The "hailing port" must include both a place and a State, Territory, or possession of in the United States. The state may be abbreviated.

I hope you don't hail from MOOSELOOKMEGUNTIC, Maine.
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If your recreational vessel is federally documented the name and hailing port must be marked together on some clearly visible exterior part of the hull. All markings must be at least four inches in height, made in clearly legible letters of the Latin alphabet or Arabic or Roman numerals. The "hailing port" must include both a place and a State, Territory, or possession of in the United States. The state may be abbreviated.

I hope you don't hail from MOOSELOOKMEGUNTIC, Maine.
Do you know where I can read this requirement online?
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